Byng standout Darian Davis was dominant during the Pirates’ 10-0 win over Ada Tuesday night in a District 4A-4 matchup at Cougar Field.
Darian Davis tossed a complete-game, no-hitter to earn the pitching victory and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored from the top of the Byng lineup.
How good was he from the mound? Darian Davis struck out 16, walked two and beaned Ada leadoff hitter Jackson McFarlane to start the bottom of the first inning. He threw just 107 pitches, 72 for strikes.
Ada’s only other base runner came when Jackson Southard led off the fourth inning by reaching on Byng’s only error of the game.
“He threw exceptional. He worked his butt off this offseason in the weight room, and he’s throwing harder than he ever has. He’s probably hitting 89 to 91 and throwing a good slider,” said Byng head coach Luke Yost.
“He’s a bulldog, man,” he continued. “He’s a competitor. He wants to win. He just put us on his shoulders tonight. I was extremely proud of the kid.”
The Pirates improved to 23-2 overall and 9-0 in the district, while Ada fell to 10-15 and 2-7. Byng is currently in the midst of a 15-game winning streak. During the Pirates’ last nine outings, they have outscored their opponents 88-4.
“We’re playing well. We’ve had a tough schedule, but we’ve found ways to win. I think we’ll be better for it and be ready for the playoffs,” Yost said.
Darian Davis quickly got Byng on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. He singled to left field, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a groundout by Levi Prater.
Byng made it 2-0 in the top of the second when Billy Wall doubled and later scored on an RBI single by Jakob Luper.
In the bottom of the third, Rayce Stephens cracked an RBI double over Ada center fielder Christian Maloy’s head, and he later scored on an RBI hit by Cody Mills to push the Byng advantage to 4-0. It could have been worse, as the Pirates loaded the bases with just one out. But Ada catcher Teagin Rogers started a 1-2-3 double play to help the hosts get out of that jam.
Ada’s best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the fourth. After Southard reached on a dropped third strike, he advanced to third on a passed ball. Darian Davis struck out the next two batters, walked Trel Moore and stranded the two Ada base runners with another K.
Cedric Davis hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning to make it 5-0.
In the top of the sixth, Darian Davis singled and later scored on another Prater groundout to push the Byng lead to 6-0.
The Pirates tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two-run homer by Mills.
Wall joined Darian Davis with three hits in Byng’s 14-hit barrage, while Prater finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Mills and Trejan Blue also had two hits apiece for the visitors.
Both team met again Wednesday night and will compete in the 2017 David Hill-Ryan Prescott Memorial Tournament that kicks off today at Stokes Field.
Today’s first-round matchups inclue Latta-McLoud at noon; Ada-Lone Grove at 2:30 p.m., and Byng-Mustang JV at 5 p.m. Tuttle, which has won the past three Byng tournaments, has a first-round bye.